Would you buy homemade?

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  1. naturalinthemaking

    naturalinthemaking UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I'm researching a business start up which included selling homemade body and bath products, all opinions welcome.. Please don't hold back..:)

    Would you buy it online ?

    What would encourage you to buy homemade ?

    What would you look for on a website promoting homemade products ?

    Anything else you think I should consider?
     
    Posted: Apr 28, 2013 By: naturalinthemaking Member since: Apr 28, 2013
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  2. NickJ

    NickJ UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    I'd buy my stuff at the local shop or supermarket!

    If I had skin problems, I'd look for more specialised products online

    If I had kids with allergies, again online.

    I'd consider homemade but wouldn't go searching for it online.

    If someone handed some out to me on a rail platform or a shopping precinct on a sunny Saturday afternoon I would try it - if I liked it, I would look possibly to buy it if it was not silly expensive and I knew where to get it with free delivery perhaps....
     
    Posted: Apr 28, 2013 By: NickJ Member since: Mar 29, 2012
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  3. naturalinthemaking

    naturalinthemaking UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks NickJ,

    I will think up some Sampling campaigns! Thank you for your feedback :)
     
    Posted: Apr 28, 2013 By: naturalinthemaking Member since: Apr 28, 2013
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  4. TotallySport

    TotallySport UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    I used to work for an independent restaurant and the chef used to make his own ready meals and sell them to the clients, and local pubs, they were great and he made a made a nice side line for him.

    The thing was they were really nice, priced well, no branding was required, although you knew who made them.
     
    Posted: Apr 30, 2013 By: TotallySport Member since: Jul 18, 2007
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  5. HeffernanTrading

    HeffernanTrading UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    A little idea for you...I would love to be able to buy products that say (my girlfriends called faith) Faith's Bath Soap or Faith's Shower Gel etc just to make it that little personal, Maybe you could offer a personalised version of your product?

    Howard
     
    Posted: Apr 30, 2013 By: HeffernanTrading Member since: Apr 7, 2013
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  6. andy0t

    andy0t UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I think people tend to stick to what they know. If they have found something that works for them then it could be difficult to persuade them to try something new.
    I, am one of those! But only because I have eczema and some products have all different kinds of stuff that make my skin flare up and irritates.

    Good luck with everything! :)
     
    Posted: Apr 30, 2013 By: andy0t Member since: Aug 28, 2010
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  7. naturalinthemaking

    naturalinthemaking UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thank you everyone for your feedback,

    Totallysport - Your comment has given me a confidence boost! I have been researching for a good 5 years now and I think I have all those things you mention..

    HeffernanTrading I have actually started learning how to make my own moulds which will allow me to personalise products :)

    Andy0t, Maya459 Thank you :)

    :)
     
    Posted: Apr 30, 2013 By: naturalinthemaking Member since: Apr 28, 2013
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  8. NicholasTaylor

    NicholasTaylor UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Would you buy it online ?

    Potentially, however the website would need that right vibe which should really give me confidence that it is indeed homemade.

    What would encourage you to buy homemade ?

    Show me the benefits. Why should I buy your homemade product over someone elses? Why should I pay that little bit extra?


    What would you look for on a website promoting homemade products ?

    I really enjoy farmers markets, local business markets and so on. I like the rustic appeal of it all. It's not slick, it's not shiny and modern - it's just honest. I'd expect the same appeal from a website if I'm honest.

    Anything else you think I should consider?

    Nothing as of yet.

    My girlfriends best friend left her job to set up a home-made Gluten-Free baking business. It's again very honest, very rustic (being Norfolk born) and quite traditional in it's branding. It's going fantastic. She has a USP in being Gluten-Free and she has the right attitude to match. She's not suited and booted, she's getting her hands stuck in in chocolate dough.

    Good luck!
     
    Posted: May 1, 2013 By: NicholasTaylor Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  9. RebeccaHowards1

    RebeccaHowards1 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Would you buy it online ?
    Only if I could get some samples first.

    What would encourage you to buy homemade ?
    Well, I make homemade cupcakes, I love homemade products, actually I would encourage others to buy homemade.

    What would you look for on a website promoting homemade products ?
    Well, it would be that warmth and comforting presentation

    Anything else you think I should consider?
    Put some passion in what you do... and you will have great success.
     
    Posted: May 2, 2013 By: RebeccaHowards1 Member since: Apr 19, 2013
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  10. isimology

    isimology UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I would buy homemade if it offered something I wanted but couldn't get anywhere else.
    A niche product.
     
    Posted: May 2, 2013 By: isimology Member since: Feb 3, 2013
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  11. beasty

    beasty , Full Member - Verified Business

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    For stuff that came in re usable packaging

    Keep the Faith range..


    :D
     
    Posted: May 2, 2013 By: beasty Member since: Feb 4, 2013
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  12. RebeccaHowards1

    RebeccaHowards1 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Great idea, I didn”t thought on this. Reusable packaging, reusable bags, etc.
     
    Posted: May 9, 2013 By: RebeccaHowards1 Member since: Apr 19, 2013
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  13. Swisaw

    Swisaw UKBF Ace Full Member

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    You be sure many people, who can more than afford it, prefer to buy home-made provided it is a bit unique. No one will buy soups online from you, unless cheaper than shops. But if you sale pure olive oil soups, which is going to be a lot more expensive than ordinary soups, online those, who can more than afford it, will buy from you no doubt. Off course this is provided these types of customers can find out about your product easily.
     
    Posted: May 17, 2013 By: Swisaw Member since: Sep 24, 2010
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  14. simong93

    simong93 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I personally buy what has been recommended to me so yer if a friend used it and liked the product i would try it.
     
    Posted: May 17, 2013 By: simong93 Member since: Mar 1, 2013
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  15. danielrobert48

    danielrobert48 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I prefer the quality product. If your product is a good quality product and cost effective for me then nothing can stop me buying your product even if it is home made and is being sold online.

    There are many people who don't rush for branded products. They believe in quality !
     
    Posted: Jun 14, 2013 By: danielrobert48 Member since: Apr 12, 2013
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  16. cheap

    cheap UKBF Regular Full Member

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    I agree its very hard to buy away from known brands,But good luck with it.
     
    Posted: Jun 14, 2013 By: cheap Member since: Jul 30, 2012
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  17. caradec

    caradec UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    My advice would to look elsewhere due to the onerous EU cosmetic regulations unless you already have safety assessments etc. If not get some quotes to assess your products and look at your responsibilities as a producer before you go too far.
     
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    Posted: Jun 20, 2013 By: caradec Member since: Oct 11, 2009
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  18. phiferindia

    phiferindia UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Would you buy it online ?
    Yeah, but its not so satisfied by buying in live.

    What would encourage you to buy homemade ?
    Only Chocholates and Cookies are best homemade product ever i say.

    What would you look for on a website promoting homemade products ?
    Sorry i doesn't like to buy it on online due to dissatisfaction and restitution.

    Anything else you think I should consider?
    You can consider except edible products i suppose.
     
    Posted: Jul 5, 2013 By: phiferindia Member since: May 28, 2013
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  19. ilivegreenn

    ilivegreenn UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I wouldnt agree with this opinion. As lot of people like handmade production. :) Not all people like to be massive, i.e. buy just brand oriented goods, though they like unique goods, and handmade products are exactly unique.
    Personally, I like to Live Green and Think Green, try to reduce, reuse, recycle. You can use 3R by making handmade products :)
     
    Posted: Aug 27, 2013 By: ilivegreenn Member since: Aug 27, 2013
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  20. ilivegreenn

    ilivegreenn UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Yes, I agree with this! Most importantly is not the brand but quality and price :) For some people just quality (if they have enough money):)
    I like to buy handmade products, if they are good: cosmetics, accessorie, bags, etc.
    :)
     
    Posted: Aug 27, 2013 By: ilivegreenn Member since: Aug 27, 2013
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